pWdumaNjA-6CEEBhRoD5euxNETs When All This Actual Life Played Out: September 2012

27 September 2012

So grand and complex


Giants Causeway
Bushmills, Moyle, United Kingdom
16 July 2012

It was right about here that the daughter and I spontaneously burst into "Natural Science," same verse, as if reading one another's mind.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40. Giants Causeway, located on the northeastern coast of Northern Ireland, is the remnant of a ancient volcanic eruption. It's not obvious from this photo, but the area was remarkably reminiscent of Devil's Postpile National Monument in California, though a good bit more damp.

26 September 2012

Forlorn


Near Foynes, Ireland
14 July 2012

I don't know if these buildings were abandoned, but there was something so lonely about them. A panel of the door appears to have been bashed in, and I couldn't see a road leading to them. There is an air of fairytale--the plant life growing up the roof reminded me so much of a book the daughter had as a little girl--and they seemed to be waiting.

Yes, I have my romantic moments, too.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40 and telephoto.

25 September 2012

The rest of the castle



Caernarfon Castle
Gwynedd, United Kingdom
13 July 2012

It did seem a bit hard just to show the mortar and not give the rest of the castle a chance. But you should be sensing a theme here...note the color of the grass. It has a lot to do with the color of the sky.

Or more to the point, the water that kept falling from the sky.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40. Heading back from the castle, the tour guide made a special point of noting the Tesco where the former Kate Middleton was spotted shopping after her wedding. Also, the railway station with the longest name in the UK, in Welsh, which he took great pleasure in repeating.

24 September 2012

Fly away



Endeavor flyover
Orange County, California
21 September 2012

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, Nikkor 70-300mm lens.

21 September 2012

Endeavor


Endeavor flyover
Orange County, California
21 September 2012

Far more exciting than I expected and a lot nearer than I'd hoped. I'll post more (and cleaned up...yikes!) later.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, Nikkor 70-300mm lens.

19 September 2012

No bricks


Mortar
Caernarfon Castle
Gwynedd, United Kingdom
13 July 2012

I have no way of knowing, of course, whether this is the original mortar between the bricks that make up the castle, but each place I looked, there was a microcosm.

The castle itself was quite pretty, too.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

11 September 2012

Lost island


Guernsey, Channel Islands
11 July 2012

One of the highlights of this trip for me was to be a visit to Guernsey. Evidently, that is Guernsey, but I wouldn't really know because this is as close as I got. Reports were that excessive wind and chop made a visit untenable. Hell, I've kayaked in worse than that!

Not that I was given the option.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, telephoto lens. I was more than a little annoyed, but I guess it means that next time, I go back and visit all the Channel Islands.

10 September 2012

From a hotel window: Ieper


Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
10 July 2012

Sitting in this window, I watched dawn break. A bird perched on a chimney sang the sun rise, liquid notes in the soft, cool air, such beauty in its voice. Light touched the quiet buildings and silent streets below me. It was so incredibly peaceful. 

I tried, sitting there, to imagine the sound of cannon, the shouts of men, the crash of buildings as they fell. I tried to imagine smoke rising at the edge of the town. 

Birdsong filled the sky. A duck swam in the channel below. The rhythmic sound of footsteps approached as someone jogged along the pavement, and I watched a man open his garage and pull his car out into the alley. All very peaceful. 

So much blood. So many lives. So many years of conflict. And I wondered if that was really the price for the calm and lovely town laid out before me.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40 in the early morning light. Speaking of tenacity, Ypres was bombed flat during the course of WWI. They rebuilt. The town is magnificent.